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First-year USQ nursing student Elizabeth Mahon is a recipient of an Arrow Energy Indigenous University Scholarship.
USQ Nursing student Elizabeth Mahon knows firsthand the hardships faced with limited medical services out west.

It is why she is pursuing a nursing degree to help improve the health of Indigenous men and women in rural and remote communities.

Miss Mahon’s mission has been given a helping hand thanks to an Arrow Energy Indigenous University Scholarship.

A new recipient for this year, Miss Mahon works as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner, in Charleville.

“I’ve always wanted to make my family proud by being the first family member to go to university and to demonstrate that I can truly make a difference,” she said.

Miss Mahon is in her first year of a Bachelor of Nursing Degree at USQ.

“I am very passionate about improving the health of Indigenous men and women in rural and remote communities,” she said.

“I’ve personally been exposed to the hardship people face with limited medical services – that’s why I am actively pursuing further education to help reduce this.”

Arrow Energy has awarded a $250,000 university scholarship package to 26 Indigenous students across Queensland.

“We believe increasing participation in higher education is one of the key factors in closing the gap and these scholarships are part of that effort,” Arrow Energy Vice President External Relations and Tenure Management Leisa Elder said.

"The scholarships are worth up to $10,000 a year for each person's course and also include mentoring, tutoring and peer network groups so students have the support to achieve their goals.”

USQ recipients:

Lionel Cubby
Kamilaroi man Lionel, from Dalby, is following his passion to help people by completing a Bachelor of Human Services. Lionel has recently received several community awards for his commitment to senior education and community involvement. In his spare time, Lionel enjoys creating art, and playing music and sports.

Elizabeth Mahon
Elizabeth from Charleville is completing a Bachelor of Nursing at USQ. Elizabeth hopes to become a Nurse or Doctor, changing and improving health amongst Indigenous people in rural and remote communities across Australia.

Caitlin Easton
Bundjalung woman Caitlin Easton is undertaking a Master of Science (by Research) program, with a focus on developing a suicide prevention framework for Indigenous youth. After completing a Bachelor of General Studies - Indigenous Studies at USQ, Caitlin continues to pursue her passion for the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people with this research program.

Brooke Hagan
Brooke from Stafford is studying a Bachelor of Education. Upon completing her studies, Brooke would like to teach Indigenous children in rural areas.